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A new medical textbook entitled Imaging in Pediatrics is being released as a guide for pediatricians and other doctors caring for children. It will be a resource for medical professionals who want to learn more about using basic and advanced imaging to enhance their clinical practices. Two of Cincinnati Children’s doctors, Carl Merrow (a radiologist) and Selena Hariharan (an emergency medicine physician), served as the editors of this book. They collaborated with numerous pediatric radiologists and pediatricians who also contributed to the content of this text.

Photo: Dr. Carl Merrow

Radiologists often reference a textbook called Diagnostic Imaging: Pediatrics, 3rd Edition (also edited by Dr. Merrow) to help guide their clinical work. Now pediatricians have a similar book to turn to when considering imaging for children. Imaging in Pediatrics focuses on specific diagnoses and is organized by body sections (such as cardiac, brain, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal). Within each section, there are individual chapters on topics like appendicitis, fractures, kidney stones, and heart diseases. Each section is introduced with a narrative chapter discussing how imaging is best used for that body system, while individual chapters use bullet-point text to detail the most favorable imaging in specific scenarios. The basics of imaging are also discussed, along with the associated risks and benefits, which will help doctors make informed imaging choices for their patients.

Image: A prose “Approach to…” chapter (as shown here) leads off each body section and includes representative images for the studies described.

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We believe that this book will assist pediatricians in caring for your child, allowing for improved understanding and communication for physicians, patients, and families.

Contributions by Dr. Carl Merrow and edited by Catherine, Leopard, Child Life III.

Catherine Leopard

About the Author: Catherine Leopard

Catherine is a Child Life Specialist who works in Cincinnati Children’s Department of Radiology. She has always been drawn to helping children overcome their fears. As a young child, Catherine remembers sitting in her pediatrician’s office feeling sad as she listened to young babies crying in exam rooms. In response, she began singing lullabies through the walls to sooth and comfort those children in distress. As an adult, she first experienced the support of Child Life when her infant daughter was hospitalized. After that positive experience, Catherine completed her Child Life internship at Cincinnati Children’s and has worked here ever since. Her daughter is now a teenager and her son is an active 3rd grader.

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